Beep, beep, beep! That’s the sound of your blaring alarm going off for the fourth time. Grumble, grumble, grumble . . . yeah, there’s not going to be time to make breakfast before you rush out the door this morning. Sound familiar? Don’t let yourself go hungry again: overnight oats are here to save you.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day to fuel you and your family for the day ahead, and oatmeal is a healthy whole grain that will keep you fuller longer. The best part about them is that you can make a big batch of overnight oats on a Sunday, and it will prepare you for a week of delicious breakfasts that don’t even have to be heated up! They also transport easily — especially if you package them in cute little mason jars — for breakfast at your work desk or packing in your kids’ lunches.
One of our favorite overnight oats recipes tastes kind of like dessert but is but has some good-for-you nutrition from added almonds, bananas, and Greek yogurt. Creamy Berry Overnight Oats use almond milk as the base, then you just whisk in your oats and flaxseeds and let them sit, well, overnight. In the morning, like magic, they’ll have thickened, and they mix well with the assorted berries and a slightly sweet PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, agave syrup, and vanilla mixture to make everything super creamy.
If that doesn’t sound like your ideal breakfast, don’t worry. There are hundreds of combinations to try with other fruit and sweeteners, like Overnight Blueberry-Honey-Lemon Oatmeal, which use BREAKSTONE’S Cottage Cheese for creaminess, or Peach-Coconut Overnight Oats, which have Philadelphia cream cheese mixed in for surprising extra decadence. The general rule of thumb for overnight oats recipes is to use one part quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats to one part milk as a base, then you can build from there with another type of dairy like Greek yogurt, fruit, nuts, and seeds. So try mixing up your mornings with overnight oats — it’ll give you an excuse to snooze your alarm once in a while.